The Office: How Nonsense Conquered the Workplace – Wisecrack Edition

  • Published: 13 July 2019
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    Why do we love The Office? Is it the characters? The jokes? The drama? While those are all major reasons, we want to explore another: how pointless work has overrun the economy.

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    Written by: Alec Opperman
    Directed by: Michael Luxemburg
    Hosted by: Jared Bauer
    Edited by: Mark Potts
    Motion Graphics by: Drew Levin
    Produced by: Emily Dunbar

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Comments • 2 286

  • SoulDevoured
    SoulDevoured  22 hours back

    Why the fuck are we paid on time?

    Because literally no one can live on pay for 10 hour work weeks.
    Because companies don't see the point in hiring 4 part time workers when it could hire 1 full time worker.
    Because there's so much bureaucracy and politics involved that no one is actually aware of anything beyond their own asshole.
    Because this economic model and all our labor laws were designed for an industrial age where the predominance of workers were in factories.
    An uptick in the economy where labor was dependant on human labor and more and more and more was always being sold.

    The economy has plateaued and it's time we change this system. Human labor is slowly becoming obsolete. Western labor largely is obsolete. Even being able to pretend isn't going to last forever. We need to find other means of fulfillment and income.

    • Kendall Moore
      Kendall Moore  2 days back

      Hallelujah, this has to be the most true to life episode you've ever done. :)

      • Guido Guido
        Guido Guido  2 days back

        I work a BS job. School. No, not a teacher. A Student

        • aylmer666
          aylmer666  3 days back

          My last job was at a corporate headquarters for a huge company. Easily it had to be the most toxic work atmosphere I have ever endured and nobody seemed too happy with their lives... largely stemming from our jobs being relatively pointless just like those depicted in The Office. On top of job pointlessness, I think people become lazy and unhappy by having too much unstructured worktime, a lack of pride in their work (such as seeing any real results of it or reaction to it), and lack of upward mobility or the constant learning of new skills.

          • Tomdeblink
            Tomdeblink  6 days back

            This video was much more depressing than I though it would be

            • Ricardo Rosa
              Ricardo Rosa  7 days back

              Wix is BS

              • Enki Du
                Enki Du  1 weeks back

                He said “come with me as we go real deep”. Teehee

                • Goofy Gal
                  Goofy Gal  1 weeks back

                  Friends will always be better! The office teaches children that you can be a terrible boss who only cares about pretzels and would rather play with toy cars than make a health care plan for your employees, with no consequence what-so-ever!

                  • Matt Lewis
                    Matt Lewis  1 weeks back

                    @Wisecrack do a video on Letterkenny!!!

                    • Kova
                      Kova  1 weeks back

                      I had a bullshit job for a while. I spent most of my time writing stories and brainstorming ideas for my creative endeavors. So glad I don't work there anymore.

                      • Caitlyn Lavelle
                        Caitlyn Lavelle  2 weeks back

                        I absolutely relate. I was basically the crappiest part of a salesperson. I “pre-qualified” customers for mortgages before sending them to the actual loan officers. An online questionnaire could have done my job.

                        • Brownman Living
                          Brownman Living  2 weeks back

                          "I have cause. It is beCAUSE I hate him."

                          • EnigmaDrath
                            EnigmaDrath  2 weeks back

                            Straight out of college I worked at a job for two years where the Human Resource management had a PR department that had its own Human Resource management ... but we had no catering/cafeteria, because I guess feeding your employees would take too big a chunk out of your valuable budget, which, of course, is needed to pay for the ALL IMPORTANT 2nd Human Resource team :/

                            • Pink Wolf
                              Pink Wolf  2 weeks back

                              Please do Parks and Recreation

                              • Azure
                                Azure  2 weeks back

                                Boredom is not a problem, that indicates an internal problem of lack of interests, duty, imagination, ambition, etc.

                                • Azure
                                  Azure  2 weeks back

                                  These shows scream privilege because these people have their health, safety, freedom, and security, while others have nowhere to belong, are barely given opportunities to survive, and face life-threatening crises with impossible healthcare coupled with declining health from overwork, on top of high-crime areas.

                                  • Azure
                                    Azure  2 weeks back

                                    Boredom is not a problem, that indicates an internal problem of lack of interests, duty, imagination, ambition, etc.

                                • Aaron Bear
                                  Aaron Bear  2 weeks back

                                  I used to have a super cushy job and I would find myself having nothing to do so I would just put papers on my desk and shuffle them and call my co worker and pretend to work when the manager came around lol

                                  • trailblazingfive
                                    trailblazingfive  2 weeks back

                                    Jared great job - have you finally found time to read Heinlein's Starship Troopers?

                                    • climberis1
                                      climberis1  2 weeks back

                                      I’m an engineer who’s job is to optimize processes and my job is bs. Wish I worked for a small company.

                                      • Bryan Simmons
                                        Bryan Simmons  2 weeks back

                                        Try being a “billable hour” attorney. Biggest bullshit job ever.

                                        • Matthew Ford
                                          Matthew Ford  2 weeks back

                                          The Office has changed forever my perception of life and the perception of being insecure, thanks to the office i see life as a performing ground like an inprov course! ahaha

                                          • Madi Cornetet
                                            Madi Cornetet  2 weeks back

                                            this is actually so strange, because i grew up "upper-lower class" and many families in the tiny town in Indiana I grew up in were lower to upper-middle class. My family was right on the line of not being able to "keep up with the Jones" or whatever, but still enough to try to *seem* like we were. It was a weird spot to be in for sure, but I remember CLEARLY my mom sitting down to talk with me about my grades and expressing disappointment. She went on to explain that "if you do better, you can get a job that pays a lot, but you sit around at a desk all day. I just want you to be able to get an education so you can get paid to not work very hard" and it confused the ever living shit out of child me, since aimless busywork is like torture. it's surreal to think having jobs like what you described was drilled into me as an aspiration. it's just a little funny i guess, since now i'm working my way up to chef without an education and loving every busy, difficult, tiring, creative second of it.

                                            • Jessica Victoria Carrillo

                                              I was an instructional aide for a school district and while I wouldn't call that a BS job, we were being told that we were being trained to be better than the teachers at helping children with their reading development, and yet you were being paid much less than those teachers and we had less hours and we didn't have credentials

                                              • Benj Smith Productions
                                                Benj Smith Productions  2 weeks back

                                                Great video.... have a downvote for putting down Friends though.

                                                • Evan Pahl
                                                  Evan Pahl  2 weeks back

                                                  I believe the movie "Waiting..." touched on all this as well, and went further into the aspect of dealing with the ups and downs of workplace culture and politics and dealing with the customers.
                                                  I highly suggest that movie, it's incredibly underrated.

                                                  • satanicglobalistilluminati

                                                    i disagree with anyone who talks meaning from work

                                                    meaning comes from work because people crave meaning (even nihilists find non meaning in nihilism that creates a illusion of meaning to there psychie) and work happens to be a thing we are all kind of forced into so its natural to find meaning in it

                                                    • ManiakGear
                                                      ManiakGear  2 weeks back

                                                      I am wired wrong because my career pursuit has always been moving up to the highest amount I can possibly be paid for doing the least amount of real work.

                                                      • Void
                                                        Void  2 weeks back

                                                        I once interned at a corporate headquarters. My job consisted of 5% doing random bullshit nobody else wanted to, 20% filling out spreadsheets, and 75% doing whatever the fuck I wanted because nobody cared. I was praised for the amount of work I got done in my time there.

                                                        • randomfox
                                                          randomfox  2 weeks back

                                                          What kind of loser gets "depressed" because they're not "fulfilled" by their "career"?

                                                          Fucking, get a hobby man. Learn to play an instrument. Paint. Something. Jesus.

                                                          Work to LIVE, don't live to work. Why the fuck would you complain about having a job that lets you pay the bills and afford food where you don't have to do any actual WORK? You have infinite time to do something that's actually meaningful with your life and not have to worry about life necessities and you're wasting it feeling fucking depressed because you're not delivering babies or some shit? I wish I had a bullshit job, christ.

                                                          • Erisch
                                                            Erisch  2 weeks back

                                                            I don´t think most jobs are completly bs-jobs, Most jobs have at least 10% of actual work in them, buuuuut people including me and everbody else tend to inflate those 10% and act like the company would not run without them. While trying to "look busy" the remaining 90%.
                                                            By the way I don´t think there are a lot of jobs that are actual work 100% of the time, even the most demanding jobs have some amount over overhead, that could be considered "useless"

                                                            • D6
                                                              D6  2 weeks back

                                                              I currently work as a microbiology tech at a meatpacking plant/slaughterhouse . My job, specifically, is to test the meat for Salmonella. This is by far the easiest job I have ever had, and with little hyperbole I say that a robot or a trained monkey could do it with little difficulty- computers do all the heavy lifting, I just make sure the samples get there. The worst part is, on the extremely rare occasion that Salmonella is detected, the meat still gets sold with little, if any, change to price or destination. Since the plant deals exclusively in beef, and 99.9% of the time beef is cooked to a degree that would kill Salmonella, there's really no risk in selling it. My job is totally superfluous, and if I didn't come in for a day, I really don't know if they would even have someone fill in for me.

                                                              • David DeNardo
                                                                David DeNardo  2 weeks back

                                                                Anyone else spend more time and effort trying to automate mundane tasks than if you were to just do the mundane task yourself? It's more fulfilling.

                                                                • Steven Baskerville
                                                                  Steven Baskerville  2 weeks back

                                                                  Is it ironic that I’m watching this video at work because I don’t have anything better to do?

                                                                  • Rev Funk
                                                                    Rev Funk  2 weeks back

                                                                    Bleeps??? Can't say "bullshit"??? 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

                                                                    • Max Shanahan
                                                                      Max Shanahan  3 weeks back

                                                                      So many bullshit jobs, and yet so many vital sectors under-staffed, struggling, and needing money to pay more people for real work :/

                                                                      • Carlos _
                                                                        Carlos _  3 weeks back

                                                                        I watched this video at work while making a bracelet out of staples

                                                                        • elvis92795
                                                                          elvis92795  3 weeks back

                                                                          my man hit pam with the she not the conventional attractive receptionist...ouch

                                                                          • FunkUp ! !
                                                                            FunkUp ! !  3 weeks back

                                                                            Please make a video on "Scrubs".

                                                                            • tkzsfen
                                                                              tkzsfen  3 weeks back

                                                                              an example of a BS job: making videos on youtube, explaining why we like a certain show :)

                                                                              • MisBabbles
                                                                                MisBabbles  3 weeks back

                                                                                At my bs job I genuinely worked with a Dwight and my supervisor was Michael Scott without the charm. Part of the appeal of the show is these people exist in the world.

                                                                                • B52's
                                                                                  B52's  3 weeks back

                                                                                  half of what we do in the military is BS, on a good day

                                                                                  • björgvin karlsson
                                                                                    björgvin karlsson  3 weeks back

                                                                                    love this video thank you it hits close to home

                                                                                    • Mobyscors Gaming
                                                                                      Mobyscors Gaming  3 weeks back

                                                                                      Anyone know the music from 19:37?

                                                                                      • Cameron Davis
                                                                                        Cameron Davis  3 weeks back

                                                                                        This video gave me depression

                                                                                        • Adrian LeCesne
                                                                                          Adrian LeCesne  3 weeks back

                                                                                          Check our Graeber’s Debt

                                                                                          • omnise
                                                                                            omnise  3 weeks back

                                                                                            My last job was in retail but my bosses job was clearly b.s. so yeah, after three of us were forced to work 8 to 10 hours without lunch, I left. Let him carry his own weight.

                                                                                            • Ramdapanda
                                                                                              Ramdapanda  3 weeks back

                                                                                              You know what's really BS? Having to censor out the word SHIT just to make sure YouTube doesn't ruin you financially.

                                                                                              • Gustavo Ferreira
                                                                                                Gustavo Ferreira  3 weeks back